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NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species

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Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Demand High for Engineers in Midwest

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Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes. A record 105 companies manned booths that overflowed the...
10-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Hill Training Benefits Distance Runners

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Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, “but there was virtually no research to support it,” explained Derek Ferley, education and research coordinator at Avera Sports Institution. As...
2-Oct-2014 6:25 PM EDT

October Blizzard in Midwest Not Attributable to Climate Change

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When the October blizzard hit western South Dakota, neither man nor beast was prepared. Amid changing climate conditions, what can we expect this year? Using climate modeling techniques, scientists from South Dakota and Idaho found no consensus...
29-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Increasing Nitrogen-Fixing Capacity of Soybeans

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By manipulating the molecular mechanisms that regulate soybean nodules formation, assistant professor Senthil Subramanian hopes to develop soybeans that are more efficient in making nodules and fixing nitrogen. The South Dakota State University...
26-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Using Genetic Screening to Improve Korean White Wheat

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Korean white winter wheat is particularly susceptible to preharvest sprouting, according to Dae Wook Kim, a scientist at National Institute of Crop Science in Suwaon, South Korea. Working with molecular biologist Jai Rohila at South Dakota State...
19-Sep-2014 11:40 AM EDT

NSF Scholarship Program Helps Fill Need for Math, Science Teachers

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A nationwide shortage of science and math teacher puts rural Midwestern states in an even tougher position. “Finding qualified teachers has often been challenging for small schools, but now larger districts are also having problems,” noted...
10-Sep-2014 9:10 AM EDT

Ecologist Stresses Importance of Wetlands, Grasslands in Midwest

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Wetlands may be the least understood ecosystem, but their value is immense, according to Distinguished Professor W. Carter Johnson of the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management. “Anything that affects them will...
5-Sep-2014 4:50 PM EDT

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New Influenza Virus Affects Cattle, Pigs

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A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type D Influenza. Three years ago Ben Hause, then a doctoral...
30-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

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Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a...
24-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Diagnostic Tests Key to Helping Swine Producers Fight Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

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An emerging virus demands quick action. One week after the diagnostic lab at Iowa State confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus had spread to the United States, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab researchers at South Dakota State...
24-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Increasing Protein, Fiber in Pasta, Baked Goods

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South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market.
23-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Turkish Professor Returns Home, Works with 'University Within Schools' Program

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Two South Dakota State University professors in pursuit of strengthening their global perspective headed more than 5,500 miles east from their Brookings home to Istanbul, Turkey. A yearlong sabbatical leave, spent in Hande Briddick’s home...
17-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Breeding Soybeans That Can Tolerate Heat, Drought

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Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. Assistant professor Jai Rohila of the South Dakota State University Biology and Microbiology Department is uncovering the molecular mechanisms that lead to drought and heat tolerance. This...
17-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Why Early-Stage Breast Cancer Survivors Opt for Mastectomy

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Why did 43 percent of 1,093 South Dakota women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer surveyed choose mastectomy rather than lumpectomy? “According to research evidence, survival rates are considered equal,” noted Nancy Fahrenwald, dean of...
16-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Making a More Voluptuous Loaf of Bread

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Two college students from Toulouse, France, completed a 10-week internship milling wheat and researching how to expand the loaf volume of bread. Elodie Payrau and Floriane Bouchet are agronomy food science and management students in their second...
14-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

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